Water Use in Mississippi

Author(s): Fitzgerald, C.

The Office of Land and Water Resources (OLWR) is responsible for the management of the water resources in Mississippi. Mississippi code requires that "…the water resources of the state be put to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable, that the waste or unreasonable use, or unreasonable method of use, of water be prevented, that the conservation of such water be exercised …" This is achieved through the water withdrawal permitting process which is informed by the inventorying and assessment of the availability of water associated with fresh water aquifers and major fresh water streams in Mississippi and through the evaluation of water use as reported to MDEQ. Programs for reporting how much of the State’s water is used and how it is used are in place for agriculture, industry, public supply, private and commercial areas. These programs provide the OLWR with information needed to assess future permitted water use parameters, whether current conservation methods are effective, as well as allow the OLWR to develop plans to better manage the State of Mississippi’s water use for future generations.

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